***** A positive view of the universe June 23, 2015
An excellent story of how two societies can live together for the betterment of all. It is my hope that this author gives us ore based in this universe. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Lily half turned, and began skidding down into a large hole that suddenly opened under her feet. She fell on her back, still sliding helplessly downward. Beside her, Ming and Conley were trapped in the same capricious landslide.
Ming had spread-eagled his arms and legs to slow his descent. He yelled urgently, “Get the ropes!”
Conley caught hold of Lily’s right wrist, while he grasped his bared sword blade in his other hand. He held the sword so it pointed down between his legs. Lily wondered what fearful danger lay at the bottom of the hole. In an instant, she saw it and stifled a scream. They were funneling inexorably into a monstrous mouth ringed with jagged triangles of teeth. She struggled to grab her laser with her free hand.
The awful mouth was only a few scant feet away. With a swift motion, Conley threw his sword into the gaping mouth. Simultaneously, Ming and Lily fired their lasers. A high pitched shrieking arose, and the convulsions of the monster scattered sand and rocks about them.
In the turmoil, Lily saw that Ming had caught a rope and hung, suspended away from the walls of the funnel. He threw another rope towards her. She grabbed the rope and hitched it to her belt. But, below her, Conley was still slowly descending into the erupting sands. She thought he wanted to retrieve his sword.
Lily yelled into her wrist com, “Give me slack!”
She let herself slip downward. Conley was almost buried in the shale at the bottom. Suddenly, his head ducked under the stones and immediately reappeared. He stretched up his arm and grabbed her ankle firmly.
“Okay, pull us up slowly,” Lily shouted into the com.
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